2016 Rive Gauche, Napa Valley


2016 RIVE GAUCHE
Napa Valley
$60.00  |  Club Price $48.00
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TASTING NOTES
This Limited Release wine is was sourced from several hillside and valley vineyards throughout Napa Valley. The wine offers aromas of blueberry, black currant and cassis. The concentrated flavors of plum, dark cherry and dutch cocoa linger on the palate and the wine offers refined tannins and a vibrant mouthfeel; delectable acidity provides a long finish. The fine tannins melt away into a long, luscious finish.
500 Cases Produced


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WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: 89% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
Technical Data: ALC: 14.1% by vol.; TA: 6.6 G/L; pH: 3.40
Cooperage: 20 Months in 100% French Oak Barrels (30% new)

Hand harvested at night to preserve integrity and acidity, the grapes were brought straight to the winery where they were de-stemmed, but not crushed. Placed in small capacity temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, the individual components of the blend were fermented for an average of 23 days, with two to three daily pumpovers. After fermentation, the wines were pressed off the skins and transferred to 100% French oak barrels (30% new) where they aged separately for about 22 months. Racked two times, for aeration, the wine was carefully blended based on multiple tastings prior to bottling.
VINEYARD NOTES
Napa Valley can be characterized overall as having a Mediterranean climate, but its sub-appellations feature many microclimates suitable for growing wine grapes with distinctly different characteristics. We sourced the Merlot for this blend from Oak Knoll. This sub-AVAs cooler climate produces great quality Merlot, with bright acidity and elegant tannin structure. The Petit Verdot and Malbec come from vineyard in Atlas Peak, granting the blend distinct layers of cassis and blackberry. These distinct areas bring depth and complexity to the finished wine.
VINTAGE NOTES
This vintage will be remembered for high quality, but low yields. The 2015 growing season started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May (during the peak of bloom) caused uneven fruit set which ultimately resulted in a much smaller crop in 2015, compared to the three
abundant years that preceded it. As a result, our winemaker worked hand-in-hand with our vineyard crews and also employed new technologies, like optical sorting, to ensure we picked and crushed only the best quality grapes. The harvest was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, beginning on July 31st with the picking of grapes for our sparkling wine program, and concluding for us October 22nd. While ongoing drought was of great concern, we were fortunate to have received enough rain in the winter to fill our reservoirs.

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